For All The Moms-to-be


I realize I’ve been a mom for about ohhhh 2 seconds, but I remember when I was expecting I scoured the internet for lists like this one — there really can’t be too many perspectives. I do believe there are quite a few expectant mothers who read this blog, so if you value your sanity I recommend taking notes.

** Disclaimer: NO ONE HAS PAID ME TO PROMOTE THEIR PRODUCTS. I’m simply sharing what has worked for us, and I sincerely hope they help you. I love the following products so much I want to marry them. But then we’re going to have to write up a whole new bill to present to congress and things could get messy. So, I’ll just tell you what they are. **

Without further ado, the 10 products that I would die without:


Exhibit A:


This is just a pacifier attached to a stuffed animal. It’s so simple and they come in tons of different animals. The attached animal gives your baby something to grab onto, and also prevents the pacifier from falling out of reach (most of the time). Rose can usually get it back in her mouth after falling out, and that’s priceless  Seriously. Don’t tell these guys I would’ve paid a fortune for one of these.


You can see one sitting on top of our changing pad:


Ours are made by Boppy and come in a pack of three. They prevent you from ever having to take off the changing pad cover to wash it. Trust me. You’re going to get poop everywhere. These things are laundry lifesavers and life simplifiers. You just throw this little liner in the wash and toss a new one on your changing pad. I feel this is worth repeating: you WILL get poop everywhere. In belly buttons. Under fingernails. On the moon, probably. It just happens, ok?


One of my mom friends recommended we use cloth diapers for burp cloths. She gets 5 gold stars. Or however many is the most. She gets THE MOST GOLD STARS.


They are simple, super absorbant, and easy to wash. I bought two packs of these; having ten in circulation seems to work perfectly with our laundry schedule and we are never without one. I also recommend keeping one in every room that you frequent. That way you’re not carrying one around with you everywhere.


In the first few weeks of Rose’s life she wanted to be held constantly. It was all I could do to keep her calm, but it really tired me out. I started using the Moby Wrap and never looked back.

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We could go on walks, I could do the dishes, eat lunch, surf the net (does anyone call it that anymore? No?) and basically regain my sanity. The Moby Wrap was a lifesaver.

We also have the Ergo baby carrier for when she gets a bit older, and I can’t wait to use it. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful reviews. I’ll report back when we break it out.


We use two things religiously:

1. An app on our iPhones and iPad specifically for white noise (there are tons of ’em out there. We found a few good free ones). These are great when we’re in a pinch or on the road.

2. The Tranquil Turtle. We LOVE this guy. He sleeps in our room every night, and after every nighttime feeding session he lulls Rose to back sleep.

Your new best friend.

Do you think they purposefully made him look high as a kite? Maybe he doubles as a way to introduce our kids to the perils of drug use. Don’t smoke pot, kids. You’ll turn blue and a soothing glow will softly emanate from your back.


This should probably have been #1. We would go nuts without this thing. It’s basically just a portable nap-time hammock. It’s super portable and travels extremely well. Rose takes most of her naps here, and she actually sleeps in it some nights when we don’t want to make the switch to her crib. That switch is a complicated dance.


Not only does she love it – we love it. You just rock it with a hand or foot, or even with whatever sort of rat nest your hair has become because you can’t ever manage to “do” it. It starts to grow extremities. Don’t worry about it, they come in handy.


Winter babies need to be snug as a bug but because you’re TERRIFIED OF SIDS you don’t want to wrap them in a blanket. Blankets come undone and then it’s like eating a Chipotle burrito that comes unwrapped and you don’t even want it anymore. The whole point is that I don’t need to use utensils, ok? 

All of your non-mom friends think you have your baby wrapped up in some sort of straight jacket. And that’s ok. It just makes you look tough.

Just buy one, ok? You’ll thank me when your baby is screaming and you don’t have to simultaneously remember how to magically turn a blanket into a swaddle. I suggest having at least three in rotation. Is my daughter the only one who gets spit up on everything?


There are a million to choose from. But just please, for the love of god-or-whatever-you-believe-in just get yourself one of these. This is the one we have, and I love it.


It doesn’t really matter which one you get it. Whatever floats your boat. OR YOUR NIPPLES HAHA GET IT? I swear, there are nipples everywhere. And while we’re talking about nipples… just kidding. I can’t do it.



First of all, baby leg warmers are the cuttest. Doy. And if that’s not reason enough then clearly you don’t know me that well.


But secondly, they do serve an absolutely wonderful purpose. Do you realize how many diapers you’re going to have to change? Leg warmers are one million times easier than pants because YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE THEM OFF TO CHANGE A DIAPER.

I’m going to pause for a moment to let that sink in.

You guys. Do you realize how money that is? I sorta felt like I had conquered the world when I ordered my first pair. Pants are for the birds. Well, not actually, but you know what I mean. But actually, if I saw a bird in a pair of nicely pressed chinos it would really make my day.


If anything on this list is going to buy you sanity, it’s a breast pump (if you’re planning on breast feeding – no judgement). GET ONE. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT KIND. If you can afford the créme de la créme $400 version, great. If you can only afford the $100 version, fine. Just get one. It’s totally worth every. single. damn. penny.

Do you know what it buys you? SLEEP. Your husband, or partner, or mom, or dad, or hell, even the mailman can give your baby a bottle while you catch some much needed Zzzzzzs. I’m tempted to teach Olive how to wield a bottle.

So, in conclusion. Acquire these items if you’d like to salvage the remaining sanity that childbirth has left you.

Any other great items that you can recommend for a new mom? Link in the comments! It takes a village, people.

Check out my 10 baby products you don’t need! 


10 thoughts on “For All The Moms-to-be

  1. Love the post – educational and entertaining as always! I’m definitely saving this list. And by the way … I love how Olive is always by Rose’s side.

    Oh, and do the portable nap hammocks come in adult size? I’d love one for my office. 🙂

  2. Being Prego with #2 I have used most of these I didn’t have a moby wrap but did have a baby carrier and it was great!!! Rock N Play is a MUST! especially if your little one has reflux and I would def put it at the top of my list!!! Nursing Cover is one thing I would add for nursing moms unless you want to be stuck at home all the time. My two year old still uses her music box that we used when she was a baby it had a light but it quit working after about a year but she still loves it, another thing for nursing moms nipple butter(its safe for baby and feels amazing on sore nipples) and when you do go don’t forget about a change of clothes for yourself/hubby you never know when something could happen….babies(toddlers) can be unpredictable Good Luck!!!

  3. A while back I compiled (and subsequently lost) a list of things you DON’T need (the Parenting-Industrial Complex is the WORST). That said, a number of the items on this list here weren’t around when our ones were wee, but I can see how they would’ve made life so much easier. And thanks for not having a dedicated changing table (we did the old-chest o’ drawers with the changing pad, too)–those things are a crime against humanity.

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  5. Theses are all such great suggestions – I have an 8 week old and totally agree with most of them. Thanks for introducing us to the Tranquil Turtle – our little guy loves it already!

  6. 7 kids….I’ve never found 1,2,5 and 6 useful for us. And instead of cloth diapers for burp cloths, since I’m dealing presently with a heavy spitter-upper, I’m LOVING small flannel receiving blankets as burp cloths because I can cover my entire person with them and SAVE.MY.CLOTHES. And usually his, too, if I get it wrapped around his face and tucked under his chin just right.

    I’d have to add Aden & Anais swaddlers because we always have a use for them even among our older kids, and I’d add that you should try to go ahead and use your Ergo if you feel the need for more structured support. My 6 pounder fits in it wonderfully froggy-style.

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